Hancock County

S/Sgt. Stanley Christenson





Was Reported Missing in Action 3 Years Ago

Goodell -- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Christenson received a telegram from the government May 9 informing them their son, S. Sgt Stanley Christenson, was officially dead. Three years ago a message came that he was missing in action.

Stanley was born April 4, 1920, in Goodell and was graduated from the local school. He enlisted in the army in January 1940, receiving his training in Moffets field, Ocean Park and Hamilton Field, California.

In Nov. 1941, he was sent to the Philippines, where he saw severe action and was reported missing in April 1942. The message read that he died in July 3, 1942, and it is thought he was a Jap prisoner. A letter would follow with full details.

He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Christenson of Chicago, 4 sisters, Mrs. Rudy Malek, Mrs. Percy Brown, Mrs. Iris Johnson and Phyllis, all of Chicago, the family moving there 2 years ago. This is the first gold star for Goodell's service flag, which has 70 stars.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, May 15, 1945 (photo included)